Apple Apologises For Error 53 and Issues an Update to Fix it

The Error 53 was in news last week where several users were getting their devices bricked because they had gotten parts of the phone repaired from an unauthorized Apple service center. Apple claimed that it was to ensure that it protected the devices as well as the data of its users so that they would not get their devices repaired from people who could potentially damage it. Apple does not issue the pairing tool, which is a must when a component is replaced to rest of the hardware and that was causing for the phone to die out.

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Decrypting the Mystery of Error 53: A Mystery Bug Killing iPhones

Last week, Apple iPhone users were taken aback, when reports started to surface that a mystery bug is causing iPhones to die all of a sudden. The Error in question was Error 53 and it spread fears across the iPhone community that randomly any phone could get affected and knock itself off. However, truth cannot be further away from the same as the Error will affect only a very small percentage of iPhone users. So what exactly is the mystery error and who is vulnerable to it?

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iPhone 5s Prices Officially Cut to Rs 24,999 in India

If you are looking to pick up an iPhone with Touch ID or just need a phone that is slightly diminutive in size but works well and has a strong backing of the ecosystem, then the iPhone 5s is a great choice, even after two years of its release. The device is still good for a secondary phone and works as a great entry gateway into the world of Apple. We may have gone from iPhone 5s to iPhone 6 to iPhone 6s, but the reality is that out of the three devices, the iPhone 5s design has perhaps been perhaps the most appreciated one since the days of the iPhone 4s.

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Apple bets Big on the Accessory Market and Announces a Power Jacket for iPhone 6 and 6s.

Take it as first steps or signs of how seriously Apple is taking the accessories market, or just a plain simple admission that they screwed up with te battery life, but Apple has released a power jacket for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Another way of looking at the move is that, perhaps, Apple would now get away by making the next generation of iPhones

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Samsung Could be Manufacturing Displays for iPhones in 2018

A new report has surfaced which has linked that Samsung could be rewarded with a contract to manufacture the displays of iPhones starting in 2018. The report is more of a rumor right now and there has been no concrete suggestion in any way to confirm that this is indeed happening or going through. While it may sound a little farfetched that Samsung and Apple would work together, that is not really the case. While Samsung Mobile and Apple continue their legal battle, Samsung Electronics has definitely buried the hatchet with Apple as they worked together on manufacturing the A9 chip. Samsung in the past has also supplied the OLED panel on the Apple Watch as well as LED panels for the iPads. Samsung has also provided panels for Macbooks.

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Apple has worked with LG and Sharp for the supply of LCD panel for the iPhones in the past and it is rumored that in 2018, the competition will be between Samsung, LG and Huawei for being the manufacturer of the display. If Apple keeps up with the current naming convention of the iPhones, you can expect the upcoming iPhone in 2018 to be the iPhone 8. The entire report makes even more sense as there have been reports citing that Apple has been considering ditching LCD panels for an AMOLED display and who better than Samsung to do that.

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Apple Releases iOS 9.0.1 for its Devices

Apple only released iOS 9 on 16th of September. But, looks like they have made it a bit of a habit of not getting their software updates right. We saw with iOS 8 too that Apple had a couple of major bugs in there which needed pretty much immediate fix via an OTA update, the Apple OS 2 was in fact delayed almost an entire week because of last minute glitches and bugs, so what has happened with iOS 9?

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Looks like, there is nothing major issue resolving this time around and is more of a bug fix, at least that is what Apple is admitting in the release notes, so there might be a security patch that Apple wants to put, against something that is atleast not out in the media yet.

For those of you who really want to know what iOS 9.0.1 brings, here are the changes directly from Apple:

This update contains bug fixes including:

Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating
Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play
Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted
Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

You can go to the Software Updates in Settings > General on your iPhone or iPad to be able to download iOS 9.0.1.

Force Touch on Apple iPhone 6s to be called 3D Touch?

Unless you have been living in a black hole, you would be well aware that the new set of iPhone are coming and coming within two days. Apple is expected to announce the new iPhones, namely the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in  a media event to be held on September 9th. It is expected that the new iPhones will come with a steady set of improvement features including the likes of Force Touch on display, 4K recording on a 12 MP camera as well as double the processing and memory power. However, the details have been sketchy and we have not really had a lot of leaks around the phone.

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The big feature add on, obviously is expected to be Force Touch which Apple had introduced on the newer Macbooks as well as the Apple Watch recently. It is now being reported by the highly trusted source, Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac that the next generation display on the iPhone 6s will be called “3D Touch Display”. However, unlike the watch and the Macbook which have two levels of senses, the iPhone 6s will have three layers of senses called a tap, press and a deeper press. This is why it would be called 3D Touch because of its ability to sense all the three dimensions of pressure. This would especially be useful in apps like Maps, Music, Phone etc where Force Touching will bring a list or a menu up of contextually relevant options for users to select.

Not just the iPhone, it is expected Apple will also show off a new 12.1 inch iPad called the iPad Pro, which will also be the first iPad to bring Force Touch. Apple will also bring some of the Force Touch integration to Safari on Macs where force touching say on a link will allow you to see the preview of a webpage and more.

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Android Wear Finally Comes to iPhone

Google has finally decided to pull the plug and bring in Android Wear to the iPhone. The mummers of the same happening have been going on for a while that Google has been planning to bring the software that enable the working of an Android Wear Watch with an iPhone for a while, but the news was made official late yesterday evening. The way to setup your iPhone to work with an Android Wear watch is very similar to the way you set up your Android device that is by simply going ahead installing the Android Wear app and then syncing the watch to the phone by turning on Bluetooth on the device.


It is worth noting that while it has been claimed that only three Android Wear watches work with the iPhone, several users have been able to get the watches like those not listed to work with the iPhone too without any issues. We ourselves were able to get our LG G Watch to work with the iPhone 6 Plus without any hassles. Our claims are verified by the Twitter user @Preshit who too, was able to work out the same. We have embedded his tweet showing the working LG G Watch with his iPhone above.

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You must have an iPhone 5 and above and running iOS 8.2+ for the app to sync to Android Wear devices. As per the official release from Google here, currently on the LG G Watch Urbane works with the iPhones but with all the upcoming devices with Google’s Android Wear OS, there will be no compatibility issues.

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Apple Makes Public Beta of iOS 9 and OSX El Capital Available

At WWDC, where Apple announced the latest updates to iOS and OSX in the form of iOS 9 and OSX El Capitan, it also introduced what was a very interesting Beta Program. We saw the Beta Program in part last year where Apple where few users who had registered for it were able to take part and download the beta version of the software. However, this number was limited and only open to the people who had registered. However, this year, Apple has taken things to a new level where the Beta Program is open to a larger set of public and as a result, users will be able to give better and more concrete feedback before the final version of the software is rolled out.

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Last night, Apple made both the OSX as well as iOS available in Public Beta. For iOS, this is Beta 3 which was recently seeded to the developers. It is extremely easy to download the public beta on your device, all you need to do is head over to the public beta page of Apple and register in case you havent, here. Once you enroll, you will receive an E-Mail will instructions when the download is ready for your Apple ID and you can go to the corresponding link where instructions will be to download.

In case you are not happy with the update, you can connect your iPhone to your computer, put the device in DFU mode and restore in order to return to more stable iOS 8. In case you pursue iOS 9 or OSX El Capitan till the end, you will receive the update automatically OTA to take you to the final release.

A Pink iPhone with Force Touch Coming in September?

It is usually this time of the year when the first stories, albeit extremely sceptical start to surface around the next iteration of the iPhone. This year, supposedly we set to welcome two new devices, with iPhone 6s as well as iPhone 6s Plus both being launched just in time for the holiday season. So far, very little is known about the device and what it will come with. But, Dow Jones has confirmed to CNBC that the plans are already in place for the new device with Apple anticipating a massive demand. As a result of this, Apple has already asked its assembly unit to be ready with at last 85-90 million iPhones by December 31st. It has been reported that the manufacturing and assembling of the new device is already underway.

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Not just this, Jones also confirmed that the new iPhone will come with Force Touch, a technology that we have seen in the new MacBooks as well as the new Apple Watch. The next iteration of iPhone is also expected to come in a new color, with Pink being the most likely new addition to the lineup in order to woo the feminine side of the audience.

It is expected that the new iPhones will be revealed in September and if the same deadline is to go by, then we shall definitely be hearing more and more such rumors and stories in the coming days and weeks.